America’s Original Sin

*** My name is Mary.I’m 36 years old.I am a racist.***“Stop feeling sorry for career criminals who get shot by police,” one commenter writes on a Facebook post about the latest young black male that the police have killed. There are so many of them that honestly, I have trouble keeping up with who is... Continue Reading →

I Traded a Goddess for a Patron Saint

One of the excuses I made as to why it was okay to practice witchcraft and do spells was that I said it was like prayer, except that instead of merely saying useless words that God wasn't hearing, I was still invoking deities and taking some action for myself (the working of the spell). This... Continue Reading →

Immediately, if Not Sooner

Content Warning: descriptions of physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse of a child (me). Although I don’t refer to God as any specific gender in my writing normally, I have done so in this because of the fact that God being gendered as traditionally male is part of the story and the quotes and the backstory... Continue Reading →

Introduction to the Dark Side

One day, when wandering in a thrift store, I came across a vampire story that sounded like it would be right up my alley, and it was. I bought it, took it home, and read it in a day. It was so compelling to me, I loved the story and, although it was a young... Continue Reading →

The Prayer of St. Francis

The prayer of St. Francis begins with: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love... It’s a great prayer and I pray it every night. The problem with praying this prayer every night is the fact that I don’t want to. I’m upset that people hate me... Continue Reading →

Whitewashed Tombs and Orange Idols

We told you in 2016 what would happen if Trump were elected president, and you said “I love you,” and “let’s agree to disagree,” and “there are good people on both sides.” Like a sucker, I believed you when you said that, despite the threat that the man was to my loved ones. I’ll never... Continue Reading →

Top 8 Nonfiction Reads of 2020

I listed my favorite fiction books of 2020 in the previous post, in this post I'm going to share my favorite nonfiction books. My major in graduate school was actually nonfiction and for a long time I thought it was all I could write. It turned out that when someone cared and kicked my ass... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Fiction Reads of 2020

I decided to share what the top ten fiction books I enjoyed this year were. I also have a list of nonfiction books, the books I didn't finish for whatever reason, and the worst reads of 2020, but let's start with the positive, shall we? This year's top ten novels or novellas are: Tastes Like... Continue Reading →

Casting Aside My Fictitious Self

I want to share what is above my prayer altar, as that is almost of as much importance as what is on it on any given night. I have a large framed literary print of a Kate Chopin quote that comes from her novella The Awakening. Chopin caused quite the stir with this story as... Continue Reading →

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